November 28, 2018
On Monday, November 5, 2018, the AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School (MHS) Mock Trial team participated in the first round of the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) Mock Trial program, for the second year in a row. The first round was a huge success with the defense team winning the verdict. The second round took place on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 when the prosecution team was also very successful. Overall, the AGBU MHS team ranked top 40 out of the 130 participating schools.
Each year, the CRF creates and produces a new set of mock trial materials based on an important issue facing America’s youth. With the assistance of a teacher and attorney coach, the CRF Mock Trial program actively engages over 8,000 students across the state of California. The competition simulates a criminal court case where students perform as attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs, and clerks. This year’s case was based on very timely issues, cyberbullying and swatting.
The MHS team was comprised of 19 students and coached by the school’s English teacher, Mrs. Anoush Markarian and attorney, Mr. Rouman Ebrahim.
“By studying the case and preparing strategies and arguments for the trial, students also develop presentation skills, analytical abilities, and team cooperation…” explained Mrs. Markarian adding, “We are so proud of our students for working hard and confidently competing and succeeding in this challenging program. Go Spartans!”